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March 10, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Daylight Savings article

ClockbackPaul Collett points out:

This February '07 article about Daylight Savings Time writes about the change in Daylight Savings Time, which from now on starts earlier in the year. The problem is that the article's animated graphic (static screenshot shown at left) shows the clock moving back, when people need to set their clocks forward. That's a pretty big detail to miss. [Remember to spring forward tomorrow, Sunday. -mh]


Also, it's "Daylight Saving Time," "saving" being a present-progressive verb which refers to the object of "daylight," and not itself a noun.

Wired got that right, though.

Posted by: fluffy at March 10, 2007 02:36 PM

The text under the graphic is broken as well which could explain the broken graphic.

"Daylight-saving time _ends_ in North America and Europe on Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks move _back_ one hour to standard time."

Posted by: Aaron Davis at March 10, 2007 04:39 PM

Hahaha, good find...

Someone should "Digg" this if it hasn' already been done...

Posted by: Keith L. Dick at March 10, 2007 09:46 PM

While the whole concept of DST seems broken to me, the biggest problem I've had so far is that Apple's network time server (which Mac users can use to keep their clocks on time) doesn't seem to know that DST is in effect. All my Macs are now an hour behind unless I manually set them.

Posted by: Erich at March 11, 2007 10:38 PM

Erich, there's nothing wrong with Apple's time server. Time servers don't change their responses based on the existence of standard or daylight time -- they can't, because some places simply don't do daylight time (like Arizona). Time servers always respond in GMT, and your individual computer is responsible for calculating the proper offset for where you live. The problem is in your computer. Apple released a system update to alter the the OS's automatic switchover dates to match the new law. The automatic software update facility should have told you about it. Did you download and apply it?

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at March 25, 2007 09:19 PM

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